David Grisham, OD, MS, FAAO


Dr. David Grisham has served as a Clinical Professor and Senior Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Optometry for over 30 years.  He has taught courses in Binocular Vision Diagnosis and Management, Strabismus (eye turns) and Amblyopia (lazy eye), Pediatric Optometry and Learning Disabilities.  For 20 years he was Chief of the Binocular Vision and Visual Skills Clinic at UCB.  Dr. Grisham has distinguished himself by publishing over 30 research articles and coauthored a major internationally recognized textbook, Binocular Anomalies: Diagnosis and Vision Therapy, 4th edition.  A recognized expert in Binocular Vision and Vision Related Learning Problems, he is a Diplomate in Binocular Vision and Perception with the American Academy of Optometry and an Associate with the College of Optometry in Vision Development. 

Dr. Grisham believes that an academic in a clinical science should also serve patients to stay connected with real patient needs.  He has maintained a part-time clinical practice in San Francisco for several years, but has now relocated and expanded his private practice, Rising Star Optometry, in San Rafael.   He believes that many people of all ages need improved visual skills to successfully meet the visual demands of modern life.  With colleagues, he also has founded a company, Gemstone Educational Management LLC, and has authored an internet-based visual skills training program for use around the world in the classroom, at home, and in doctor’s offices.

Throughout his career Dr. Grisham has devoted substantial time and resources to helping those less fortunate in the developing world.  Early in his career he was chosen to represent UC-Berkeley in India teaching and developing optometry in several schools throughout the country.  Through the VOSH program (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) he has organized, supervised, and participated in service projects in the Philippines, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Thailand, and recently Chile. 


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